New Delhi: Vice Admiral G S Pabby today assumed charge as the Chief of Materiel of the Indian Navy, a key position that looks after aspects related to selection, induction and maintenance of all types of equipment and weapon systems for ships and submarines.
Creation of major marine and technical infrastructure and all logistics management functions of the Indian Navy would also fall within the purview of the Admiral.
He relieved Vice Admiral A V Subhedar who relinquished active service on completion of an illustrious naval career spanning over close to four decades.
During his career spanning over three-and-a-half decades, Admiral Pabby has served onboard a wide range of frontline ships, including Russian Petya class of ships, Russian Kashin class destroyers and indigenously designed and built Delhi Class destroyers.
On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in December 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Staff Officer (Technical) at Headquarters, Western Naval Command and later moved to Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam.
As Admiral Superintendent of Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam, the Admiral was responsible for the major refits of all ships and submarines on the East Coast and a number of mid-life upgrades of ships and Russian submarines were carried out under his stewardship.
Admiral Pabby was later appointed as Director General Naval Projects at Mumbai, where he oversaw the construction of the new dry dock, which would be the largest naval dry dock.
The Flag Officer has been the Controller Warship Production and Acquisition prior to taking over his current appointment.
As a Principal Staff Officer and the senior most Technical Officer in the Indian Navy, the Admiral would be in charge of all aspects related to selection, induction and maintenance of all types of equipment and weapon systems for ships and submarines.